Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. – Buddha
At this year’s Annual International Conference in Lexington, Kentucky (USA), we had the privilege to recognize individuals and groups who have given all their hearts to community development work in society today. They epitomize our Principles of Good Practice and serve as models for community development researchers and practitioners today. We congratulate them for their outstanding work for our society and communities and for their remarkability.
For the past 31 years, we have recognized outstanding and innovative contributions to the field of community development. We continue this rich tradition as we recognize nine outstanding programs, leaders, researchers, students, and friends of community development, including two friends of community development. We are grateful for their contributions to the field, and for the supportive networks that they are weaving.
Innovative Program Award
Community Heart & Soul Program, Orton Family Foundation
For a superior innovation program using the Principles of Good Practice. The approach is designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empowers residents to shape their communities based on what matters most.
Learn more at: http://www.orton.org/what-we-do/what-community-heart-soul
Current Research Award
Bruce Schwartau, University of Minnesota Extension Community Economics Team
For a current research project(s) or product that represents an important contribution to the field of community development. This study examined Minnesota retail and service businesses that open or expand after the opening of Wal-Mart Supercenters.
Learn more at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/community/about/community-economics/
Outstanding Program Award
American Institute of Architects Design Assistance Team
For completion of superior programming that exemplifies and positively influences community development practice. This was exemplified in their program that catalyzes local community development and leads to enormous changes in local approaches by combining community engagement, listening and reflecting, explaining new ideas, and making clear and concise recommendations that respect and reflect community priorities in a way that enables communities to develop frameworks and comprehensive plans.
Learn more at: http://www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS075261
Student Recognition Award
Laurel Goodman, University of Missouri
For being a student who has contributed to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research. She is a University of Missouri MPH student whose research is focusing on the evaluation and mixed-method analysis of the Missouri-Illinois Step Up to Leadership Program.
Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award
Cindy Banyai, Banyai Evaluation and Consulting
For her superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. This is demonstrated in her domestic and international development experiences and publications. Aside from her fantastic development work in southwest Florida, she is an adjunct faculty member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Public Affairs, where she teaches Global Studies. She currently serves as the Editor of the Vanguard and as a member of the CDS Board of Directors.
For more on her consulting work, visit: http://banyaiconsulting.com/
Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award
Ted Alter, Pennsylvania State University
For a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. His work is holistic in nature and demonstrates a seamless transition among teaching, research, and outreach. He applies innovative engagement and democratizing practice to a wide array of social, economic, and environmental problems facing communities across the world. He is a productive and vibrant community development researcher in the field.
See examples of his record of work at: http://aese.psu.edu/directory/tra2
Community Development Achievement Award
Sharon Gulick, University of Missouri
For her outstanding contribution to community development through teaching, research, programming, and administration. She is a visible, vibrant, and grounded leader. She helped define and develop the University of Missouri Extension’s community economic and entrepreneurial program (ExCEED) that has gone on to partner with more than 20 communities and regional groups identifying assets, building coalitions, and developing strategic plans. She is a strong leader within the Society, Cooperative Extension, and communities in Missouri and beyond.
See examples of her work at: http://extension.missouri.edu/exceed/
Friend of Community Development Award
Sister Claire McGowan, New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future
Although she is not a CDS member, she has made a significant contribution to the field of community development. She reflects the continuum of community development and exemplifies our Principles of Good Practice. She is a Dominican Sister of Peace in Kentucky who has made significant contributions to the field of community development. Ten years ago she founded New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable thinking and sustainable development in order to ensure a healthy, safe, and productive future for all. She has also launched curbside recycling projects, initiated a community visioning program, trained local and regional facilitators, and mobilized populations around key environmental issues. These are only a few examples of her impact in communities in Kentucky and beyond.
Learn more about the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future at: http://newpioneersfsf.org
Friend of Community Development Award
Brian Fogle, President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Although he is not a CDS member, he has made a significant contribution to the field of community development. He has a significant presence in community development in Missouri and is actively engaged with many regional, statewide, and national organizations that are focused on the importance of community, philanthropy, and self-empowerment of citizens. As the President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, he encourages the foundation and its affiliates to focus on complex issues facing communities and works with individuals and businesses to address them.
Learn more about the Community Foundation of the Ozarks at: http://cfozarks.org/
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”